Spring Concert

     The spring semester concert, featuring dozens of students playing violin, viola, cello, guitar, wind instruments, and more will be held Monday, May 18 at 6:00 pm in the Shearman Fine Arts Building. Admission is $5, and a reception will follow. If you are interested in helping with or contributing to the reception, please contact FGBYOreception@gmail.com


Midsummer Music Madness

May 25-29, June 1-5

     This summer, the FGBYO will be holding a two-week music camp for students interested in experiencing music in a new way. More information available through the orchestra office and Ms. Emma Guillory at (337) 582-2466, and registration can be completed with with this form and $150 for FGBYO members / $250 for non-FGBYO members before May 18 and $175 / $275 after May 18.

Class Information

     The Guitar classes will meet on Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the TASC Lab, the room with double doors on the 2nd floor, to the right of the elevator. Instructors are Dr. Jay Kacherski and Ted Romero.

     The Beginner string class for first semester beginners will meet Monday and Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:15 pm in room 222. Continuing beginner students will meet on Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:15 pm in room 222 . Instructors for both classes are Dr. Michael Buckles and Jean English with assistant teachers Sarah Dorn, Brandon LaFleur, Eric Rodriguez and Jace Verdin.

     The Concert String Orchestra (intermediate strings) will meet in room 208 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm on Monday and Wednesday. Instructor is Katie Evans.

     The Pat Chafin Strings Ensemble will meet on Monday in room 208 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Instructor is Katie Evans.

     The Symphonic Youth Orchestra will meet on Monday from 4:30 to 5:50 pm. Instructor is Patricia Bulber. Accompanist is Charlotte Hine.


     Katie Evans, the instructor of the Pat Chafin String Ensemble and the Chafin Concert Strings Orchestra, is completing her second music education degree at McNeese. She is also currently teaching strings orchestra classes at Oak Park Middle School.

    Arthur Odenheimer was selected for both District V Honor Band and the All American Band, based in New York City. He will also be performing with the High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall

     Thomas Odenheimer was selected for both District V Honor Band and All State Band.

     Danley Romero has performed in multiple capacities recently: he performed at the Ethel Precht Breast Cancer Awareness Breakfast, and with the Children’s Theatre Company for a production of the stage play Oz.

Rock Raizer Foundation Donation

     The Francis G. Bulber Youth Orchestra would like to formally and publically thank the Rock Raizer Foundation  for their generous contribution (through Dave Evans, owner of Luna's Bar and Grill). Without them, and other sponsors like them, it would be impossible for the FGBYO to continue offering the students of the Lake Area musical and educational opportunities. The Rock Raizer Foundation is based in Austin, Texas and can be found online at www.rockraizer.org.